The Rise of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

By THEO FRYE YANOS, age 10 Illustrations by IVETTE SALOM In April each year, one phrase floats around in all the classrooms that almost every student fears: standardized tests. But where did these standardized tests come from, and how did they become what they are...

Scouts Shout Out

By ZOLA ROSS-GRAY, age 11 Cub Scouts line up for color guard. PHOTO: US Navy The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was formed more than 100 years ago as a Christian organization, but the official ban on gay leaders and scouts has only existed since 1991. Their official...

Stop-and-Frisk Goes to Court

By SAMUEL MARTINEZ, age 11, and MALIK SHAH, age 9 Young people protesting the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies in New York City. PHOTO: J-No The New York City Police Department is being criticized for a controversial policy called stop-and-frisk. Stop-and-frisk is...

Meet Bobby from Ireland

By CALUM WOLFE-THOMPSON, age 9 Bobby McKinley. PHOTO: Calum Wolfe-Thompson Name: Bobby James McKinley Age: 9 Lives in: County Donegal, Ireland Languages Spoken: English and Irish (Gaelic) Parents’ Jobs: Dad is a carpenter and Mum takes care of the kids Favorite Foods:...

10-Year Anniversary of the Iraq War

By DANIEL IKVO, age 12 PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons March 2013 marks 10 years of America’s war in Iraq. Beginning in 2003, Americans were sent to Iraq by President Bush to stop Saddam Hussein from building weapons of mass destruction and to establish a democractic...